From stem to stern, the Chevy Silverado has been redesigned and re-engineered with the goal of becoming the best ½-ton truck on the market. New, more aggressive sheet metal, three new engines for increased power and fuel economy, and a refined interior help make the new 1500 feel as though it’s anything but pickup like. Combine that with a cabin that’s luxury car quiet and you’ve got yourself a truck that was designed specifically to take out its competitors. Understanding the importance of redesigning (not refreshing) a truck like the Silverado is one thing, but pulling it off in a glorious fashion such as this is something entirely different.
In today’s marketplace trucks like the Silverado 1500 are defined just as much by how they ride and drive, as by what they can accomplish at the job site. Both the 5.3L V8 and 4.3L V6 Silverado’s we tested provided great off-the-line acceleration as well as a very competent and dare I say “luxurious” ride. Steering feel was somewhat light, but never once was there a feeling of disconnect from the road. Even under load, whether towing a trailer or hauling 1,000 lbs. in the bed, did the new Silverado 1500 feel like it’s struggling.
The biggest and most noticeable difference came when comparing the 2013 Silverado to the new model. Every aspect of the driving experience has been improved. From the quietness of the cabin, to the sure-footed handling, to the lack of flex and squeaks over harsh surfaces.
GM engineers have not only spent lots of time ensuring customers will be pleased with the overall performance of the new Silverado 1500, but they’ve improved it to a point where their competitors have no choice but to take notice.
There are so many things to like about the Silverado 1500, but I’ve got to say that my favorite detail was the quality, layout and overall refinement of the new interior.
*2013 and Silverado
If there are any gripes in regards to this new truck, it has to be the price. Base price for a new 1500 LT, w/ the Z71 package, Crew Cab, 4WD and the base 4.3L V6 is $39,530, plus $995 DFC. That’s a big nut for ANY V6 powered pickup. Equip it with the 5.3L V8 and the base price jumps to $43,165, plus $995 DFC. Our testers came in at $46,400 (V6) and $49,595 (V8) respectively.
Make no mistake; this new 1500 Silverado is a good truck. Styling wise it’s been redone from stem to stern and is, quite honestly, the best looking ½-ton truck out there. It’s new power plants, both in V6 and V8 guise, are stout with advanced fuel saving technology that promises owners better economy.
Hell, the 5.3L V8 gets better mileage than Ford’s EcoBoost V6. However there is the question of that price, something that may sway perspective owners into the dealerships of Ford, Dodge and Toyota. I’ll say this; if you’re smart, and I know you are, you’ll do your due diligence and at days end, give Chevy’s new Silverado 1500 a very serious look.
• 4.3L V-6 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque
• 5.3L V-8 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque
• 6.2L V-8 Numbers not yet released
*Check out the differences between the (Left) and 2013 (Right)
Each engine features an all-aluminum block, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and is specifically tuned for ½-ton customer needs.
• 5.3L ONLY: 16 City/23 HWY in 2WD
• 4.3L V6 and 6.2L V8 fuel economy numbers have yet to be announced.